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Lucky Break: The Autobiography [Hardcover]

Sir Alex Ferguson , Paul Nicholls , Jonathan Powell
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12 Oct 2009

Paul Nicholls is the former jockey who began training in 1991. Gradually he built up a reputation as one of the most astute and successful trainers in the business, with a special knack for getting it right on the big occasions. His depth of resources meant that on a unique occasion at Wincanton in January 2006, he became the first trainer ever to have six winners on a card. But it is for his role as the trainer of horses such as See More Business, Kauto Star and Denman, all of them Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, that he is best known.

In this revealing and honest memoir, Champion Trainer Nicholls explains how he got to the top of his sport, and provides a fascinating insight into his methods and to the horses, jockeys and owners that have helped him achieve so much. Packed with insider stories that all race fans will love and a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson, this is without doubt the essential racing book of 2009.

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  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition (12 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409104923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409104926
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A startlingly honest read (SPORT)

Without doubt, the essential racing book of 2011. (NORTHERN ECHO) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The revealing and honest autobiography of Britain's leading National Hunt trainer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Break to good to put down. 21 Jan 2010
I bought this book for my dad for Christmas. He had finished reading it by the 28th Dec. He said he struggled to put it down and found it to be one of the best boks he has ever read. He enjoyed the honesty of Paul Nicholls and found it to be a very enjoyable read. My dad is a massive racing fan and says any racing fan should read this book.
On another personal note I want to say a thank you to Amazon. I paid for the special deliery to have the book delivered. The book was late and Amazon paid me the delivery charge back without having to e-mail them.
An excellent service yet again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rags to riches 3 Dec 2009
excellent book .a must for all racing fans.a great insight into nicholls.this guy is so driven.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good open account 23 Oct 2009
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Because Paul Nicholls is a very open, up front man much of the content of the book which which has an element of controversy is already in the public domain and was the subject of much press coverage at the time. That said, it is good to have it all in one place and to revisit it all. It is a very well written book, reads easily and I've no doubt I'll read it again in the years to come. There is enough in there for the non racing fan to keep interested and it avoids the fault of many racing biographies of endlessly reeling out statistics and details of minor races.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Banker-Material, really 28 Oct 2009
OK, hands up, this is the racing biography every National Hunt fan has been waiting for, and how can a book about all these famous horses fail to deliver? Expectations naturally were sky-high when the book finally arrived, and to be honest, I was slightly disappointed at first as the book DOES start a bit slow (maybe like Paul Nicholls himself as a jockey), but it does gather momentum eventually and finishes with a rush, an easy winner. A bit keen early on to convince his readers what a tough and hard-grafting bloke Nicholls was even as a young lad, once a trainer the story-telling gets more self-assured and relaxed, and it certainly does not come as a surprise that Nicholls has some stories to tell.
Even so stressing throughout the book that no professional should get emotionally attached to his horses, its good to read that some horses slip that net and became firm Nicholls favorites, the wonderful See More Business and Kauto Star first and foremost. Nicholls recalls famous wins and famous horses, does not spare with the odd crititc in the right place (he is rather outspoken about Flagship Ueberalls' american owners and about Oliver Carter, and I certainly agree on both counts); and all this in a very easy to read and fluent manner.
Apart from starting a bit slowly, the one other critic would probably be that Nicholls goes into too much detail about the Timmy-Murphy-episode, even though surely from his (Nicholls) point of view it was as embarrising as it comes.
Having given all possible stars to the Mick Fitzgerald biography, this book is ever so slightly below that particular book, but is most certainly a cracking read in its own right.

Get it and treasure a trip down the memory lane, and wait for Kauto Star to create more history in 2009/10. Even though Nicholls is still a relatively "young" trainer, this book does come at a good time, but it will be facinating to see the follow-up volume develop in front of our eyes over the next years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Break 16 Nov 2009
I got this for my husband who loves Horse Racing and he can not put it down, says one of the best books he has read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read 3 Jan 2010
Lucky break is a fantastic read for all national hunt fans. Paul Nicholls has a wonderful tale to tell from his struggles with his weight/injuries as a jockey up to his success of the present day with his star horses kauto star and denman.We hope this wonderful trainer continues to be part of the national hunt scene for many years to come, this book is the book of the moment for racing fans a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melbro 29/12/09 29 Dec 2009
Great insight into the life of a journeyman jockey and top trainer. A must for all racing fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Nicholls biography 18 April 2013
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Was like a new book and such a good read. Well written and a real insight into a jumps trainer. Recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with item and service from seller.
Bought as a present much appreciated.
Published 1 month ago by derek church
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
all national hunt people out there, this is a must for you, whether you hate or love P N this is a joy to read and worth the purchase price.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. A. J. Dudman
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for XmasPeople
It was a gift and I think they liked it.People say they like things but I don't know if they where been nice.
Published 17 months ago by Dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Enjoyed the book and the chance to glimpse the inner workings of a racing powerhouse. More importantly, Paul comes across as a hard working, honest bloke with a passion for horses... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. J. C. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have ever read.
Amazing book that I struggled to put down. Easily say that it is one of the best books that I have ever read.
Published 18 months ago by J B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A very honest and enlightening autobiography. This was bought as a present and I have not put it down since.
Published 19 months ago by MaryP
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
i did enjoy reading this because it gave me an insite to all paul has done in getting to the top .
Published 21 months ago by john wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Go National Hunt!
As a horse racing fan and equestrian enthusiast there are many horses that stand out to me as most remarkable athletes within their chosen field; whether that be jumping over the... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2012 by Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good read with 'Star' appeal.
I finished this book at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a huge Kauto Star fan I wanted to find out more about the man behind the horse and this book didn't disappoint. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Mrs. D. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
I gave this to my partner for his birthday and he really enjoyed it. He enjoyed Mick Fitzgerald's autobiography more, but he still thought this was a great read.
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by Kirsty
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